Motivational speakers borrow their craft or business from the orators of ancient civilizations like the Romans. Works like Cicero’s have been heralded as one of the earliest works of motivational speeches, and since then, more or and more people have found a line of through giving speeches. Somewhere along the timeline, the name of “orators” were replaced by “motivational speakers”, and that’s is what people still call them today.
Motivational speeches could be of any topic – it’s up to the motivational speakers to convey the passion of the topic and impart a lasting message to their audiences. With good experience in public speaking, the ability to feel the mood of the audience, and with a love for a certain topic or situation, any person could become a good motivational speaker. If a person wants to try to get into motivational speaking, here are a few ways on how to get into it:
• Identify a topic that a person feels strongly about
A person needs to connect with the topic, it has to be something he feels very strongly about. He won’t be a good motivational speaker if he doesn’t really care about the topic he’s talking about. It could be a social problem, a way to success, virtually anything is on the table. It’s just a matter of finding that topic that a person and his audience could connect to.
• The topic needs to be relevant
While some topics may stand the test of time and still manage to be relevant today (such as some social problems), a person will notice that motivational speakers won’t talk about the role of women in the 1950’s or why quills and pens are the best writing implements ever. Audiences want to hear why they should care about a certain topic that exists right now.
• A person needs to be an expert on the topic
If a person wants to talk about a certain topic, he needs to know the topic inside out. Whether there are any latest developments regarding the topic, its history (if it has any), and the different viewpoints people have about it. Open forums are common after a motivational speech, and people will be asking all sorts of questions about the topic and the speech. The person who delivered the speech should be able to answer the questions without any problems, and sound well-learned when he does. It adds to the person’s credibility as an expert on the topic and will mostly likely be called on to give the talk again to another audience to inspire them.
• Change the delivery depending on the audience
A group of students will be engaged differently as a group of professionals. A person giving a motivational speech needs to be able to change and adapt his topic delivery based on the audience he’s facing. If he feels that a certain audience won’t like a lecture-like talk, then maybe he could add in a few activities or put a lot of humor.
• Enroll in public-speaking classes
Some like to practice talking in front of mirrors or practice on their friends or families, but a proper public-speaking class will teach a person techniques on delivery and train him with talking to a large group of people he doesn’t know. And since the teachers will be professional public speakers, they will be able to point out and correct any mistakes that a person might make and suggest improvements.
• Plan ahead and think about materials and props
Some motivational speakers use props to illustrate their points, other use PowerPoint presentations and videos to help them and provide the audience with a visual guide.